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BSJ stepping up plans to become trade facilitator

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica, at Winchester Avenue, St Andrew.

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) will, this year, take additional steps to transform the organisation from a regulatory and enforcement agency into a trade facilitator.

The Bureau will also pursue capacity-building exercises; targeted marketing; rebranding; strengthening of stakeholder partnerships; new revenue-generating activities, and promotion of its laboratory services.

Plans for the BSJ this financial year were outlined in the Jamaica Public Bodies, which was tabled in Parliament last Thursday.

Currently, the BSJ tests, analyses, and certifies a variety of raw materials, components, and finished products on behalf of customers, manufacturers, importers, and exporters. The entity also provides services in the areas of quality control, calibration, metrology, training, and technical information.

The BSJ will pursue the following activities this year:

- Launch its upgraded packaging laboratory, which should result in the provision of five additional testing services for paper, board and plastic materials.

- Attain accreditation for 15 tests offered by its concrete, blocks, aggregates and chemistry laboratories.

- Offer new certification services in ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 22000 food-safety management and under the Food Safety Modernisation Act as an accredited third party.

- Continue to support the growth of the bamboo products industry through the development of standards, as well as the facilitation of organically grown bamboo for export as charcoal.

- Intensify its use of interactive media to provide information on standards and packaging requirements for overseas markets.